Weekend begins with three new Philadelphia shooting victims

Slide show above: Police gather ballistic evidence at the scene of a shooting Friday night in Frankford. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Separate shooting incidents in Frankford, Kensington and South Philadelphia wounded three men Friday night.

Police rushed a 32-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition with neck and back wounds after a shooting incident reported just after 9:30 p.m. Friday on Lesher Street, near Bridge Street and Frankford Avenue in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. According to police, officers found the victim as they responded to 911 calls reporting gunfire on the block just after 9:30 p.m.

Lesher Street Shooting

An American flag hangs over the Lesher Street crime scene Friday night. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Investigators found at least 38 pieces of ballistic evidence indicating that multiple .40 caliber weapons were involved -- and several houses were also struck by gunfire -- but no motive or suspect descriptions were released.

The weekend’s first victim was wounded just after 8 p.m. at Point Breeze Avenue and Mifflin Street in South Philadelphia. Police rushed the wounded 19-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was reported to be in stable condition. Police said he was struck in the hip and left foot, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Just after midnight, a 38-year-old man was shot in the arm on Reach Street, near East Clearfield and G Streets in Kensington. Police rushed him to Temple, where he was listed as stable.

Local updates:

The Philadelphia Daily News has an update on the investigation following Thursday’s armored truck robbery in Mayfair. The Philadelphia Inquirer followed up on the double shooting in Crescentville.

The Philadelphia Police Department released a surveillance video seeking the suspects who shot a 19-year-old man Thursday morning in Kensington:

As we previously reported, two men were shot in close proximity in separate Kensington incidents Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

New Jersey news:

Four men exchanged gunfire with police before they were taken into custody Friday in Elizabeth, NJ, according to an NJ.com report. NJ.com also reported that a Kean University student was stable at a Newark hospital after being shot at an off-campus fraternity house early Friday.

Children shot:

A 12-year-old boy was among eight people shot Thursday and early Friday in Chicago, according to chicagotribune.com. A 19-month-old child was shot during a robbery earlier this week in Flint, Mi., according to minbcnews.com.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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